In the Background

As storms continued to lurk in the background this past week, members of my family gathered from around the U.S. to celebrate graduations from kindergarten, elementary school and high school – and to enjoy each other’s company after many months apart.

Usually our family goes ice skating, but the vote this week was for roller skating

Usually our family goes ice skating, but the vote this week was for roller skating

Apparently Jody didn't hear me say 1) stop pointing or 2) "You're getting in my way!"

Apparently Jody didn’t hear me say 1) stop pointing or 2) “You’re getting in my way!”

Zack is behind Rane, taking aim at the bowling pings

Zack is behind Rane, taking aim at the bowling pins

Never mind that we were at the Norman North High School graduation - Zack found his hand way more interesting :)

Never mind that we were at the Norman North High School graduation – Zack found his hand way more interesting

the lens cap ran a close second…still ahead of the graduation ceremony

The Valadez children gather for one last photo before goodbyes - while a girl from another family hurries to her party :D

The Valadez children gather for one last photo before goodbyes – while a girl from another family hurries to her party ūüėÄ

For the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

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Memories

I’ve been thinking about the tornadoes that have hit so close to my home in recent days and watching so many news reports about the hardest hit area in Moore, Oklahoma…my mind is simply boggled. I am numb, and I cannot sleep – all I still hear in my head is tornado sirens and horrible, horrible wind.

A dear blogger friend of mine, Ralph, posted about the devastation¬†and since I’ve just learned how to share YouTube videos on WordPress, I thought I would share a video I made about a year and a half ago which shows the stretch of highway in Moore as it was before the tornado of May 20, 2013.

If you have 10 or 11 minutes to spare, the video shows, about halfway through, the Warren Theatre – which was damaged but not destroyed and which has now become a staging area for rescue efforts and media coverage of the disaster. Many people were caught on the highway during the tornado, with nowhere to go to escape…

The video also shows Coach Carmon, who is the ‘other friend’ Ralph speaks of in his blog post – Carmon’s home was in the direct path of another tornado on the 20th, and that tornado thankfully dissipated rather than destroying her home.

And also in the video – the intersection where Toby Keith’s home is, is where the auto accident happened that trashed my hip – the reason I still have to make trips to Dallas to see a hip specialist.

As much coverage as there has been of the devastation in Moore, thoughts and prayers must also go to those who experienced the many smaller tornadoes in the area that same day. There was no way of knowing which tornado was going to do any amount of damage until it was all over – it was all frightening and traumatic and in the end, heartbreaking even if your own home was not destroyed.

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A First

As I’ve mentioned before, my daughter Rane is intent upon becoming a storm chaser.

On Sunday, May 19, 2013¬† Rane and I chased our first storm and witnessed our first tornado –

You can read more about the supercell storm that raged through Oklahoma here.

An update: the next day, on May 20th 2013, a massive tornado tore through Moore Oklahoma leaving a wide swathe of unimaginable devastation.

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Up, Up and Away

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My husband, my son, and I recently traveled to down Dallas (again – photos from our first trip are here) to see the hip specialist. The doctor’s office is up on the 7th floor, where Zack always enjoys looking out the window.

While we were in the waiting room and trying to while away the time (do doctors ever run anything but late?) Zack held his feet up for me to experiment with camera shutter speed.

On the way back out of Dallas to head home to Oklahoma, it was fun to look up at the city buildings. Closer to home, we stopped at Turner Falls to check out the scenery from a hilltop lookout.

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Over the Rainbow

Daughter Rane – future storm chaser – met her favorite storm chaser, Reed Timmer, at the recent Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City (click on any photo to enlarge and view gallery)

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Snow, snow everywhere in central OK today ūüôā

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Puppies Galore

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The 7 newest members of our family have begun to¬†venture out from the¬†dog house that has been their home for the last near-month…

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